Funding for a water infrastructure project in Paspébiac, Quebec has been announced by Diane Lebouthillier, minister of national revenue, Régent Bastien, mayor of Paspébiac, and Éric Dubé, warden of Bonaventure.
“In collaboration with our provincial and regional partners, we are implementing this project to ensure reliable drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater collection systems,” said Minister Lebouthillier, on behalf of Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna. “Modern and efficient water infrastructure is essential to support healthy and resilient communities throughout Quebec. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds stronger communities.”
The project consists of replacing approximately 4,580-metres of drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater pipes. Work also includes road restoration and roadway landscaping associated with the pipe replacement.
“I am delighted by this project to modernize water infrastructure in the City of Paspébiac,” said Marie-Eve Proulx, minister responsible for the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region. “This type of investment makes a real difference in maintaining municipal infrastructure. The implementation of the FIMEAU program demonstrates our willingness to offer pleasant and safe living environments here in the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region and throughout Québec.”
The Government of Canada is investing close to $1.8 million through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. The Government of Quebec is also investing close to $1.8 million through the Fonds pour l’infrastructure municipale d’eau (FIMEAU) funding program. The City of Paspébiac will be contributing $897,608 for this project.
“A long-awaited project! Here it is finally! Many people will be happy to hear the news,” said Régent Bastien, Mayor of Paspébiac. “The community of Paspébiac is taking a big step forward in the management of its infrastructures. This investment will improve the quality of life for local citizens of this sector and will help the City to better monitor and control leaks, and as a result, saving water and safeguarding our environment.”
This federal–provincial contribution is part of a significant $637.8 million investment, announced by both governments on August 20, 2020 to upgrade water infrastructure in the province.